The African Diaspora: Teaching Entrepreneurship

If the US financial crisis has taught us any lessons, one should be how deeply our financial decisions will impact our family and community for years to come.

While the situation may or may not be improving in the United States (depending on how you fared the recession)–the truth is it is going to be harder than ever to find a traditional job in the US for decades to come. If corporations can take their resources overseas–what is to prevent the self-made entrepreneur from doing the same?

A flourishing entrepreneur learns to leave no stone unturned in the quest for new customers and markets. As infrastructure and education break down the digital divide, look to forge new opportunities among the Black Diaspora–particularly in Africa.

The Africa Report outlines 11 Ideas for 2011, for improving the quality of life within the continent. One is a “Teach Africa” program to accelerate learning in African countries. The site states:

The typical African youth is a literate 18-and-a-half-year-old female, living in a rural area but not attending school, according to a World Bank report, Youth and Employment in Africa. If he or she is working at all, it is the informal economy. The report also notes that “In 2005, 62% of Africa‚Äôs overall population fell below the age of 25.”

Imagine the positive social and financial opportunities made possible through such a program, particularly if done in concert with African American communities in the United States. Or perhaps your business can benefit in these international markets? Read the full story at The Africa Report and weigh in with your thoughts!

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